Wrestle Kingdom 12: Will Ospreay Deserved The IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
Will Ospreay deserves the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. After that fatal four way at Wrestle Kingdom 12, there can be no mistaking that. He’s the class of the division and shouldn’t take a back seat to anyone.
It was surprising that Ospreay lost to Scurll a few months back. Personally, I thought he’d go into Wrestle Kingdom 12 as champion. That was not the case, but at least he won back what he rightfully deserves at the Tokyo Dome.
The match consisted of some worthy opponents, Marty Scurll, Kushida, and Hiromu Takahashi, all former champs. This basically told us that we were going to get a fantastic match, and that was the case indeed.
Ospreay stole the show, as usual. His flip off the light tower was not only the highlight of the match but one of the best moments of Wrestle Kingdom 12 in general. His acrobatics and wrestling are second to none and he deserves all the acclaim that comes to him.
So what’s next for the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay? It’s possible he enters into a program with either Takahashi or Kushida. Of course, the wrestling faithful would no doubt love to see him face off against Scurll once again.
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New Japan has been one of the most successful wrestling promotions in the world. A lot of its American and International appeal can be accredited to Ospreay, who has been (Along with Kenny Omega) the main American/English star in NJPW. It started with his match against King Ricochet and the legend has only grown from there.
While I’d have liked to see Marty Scurll continue his reign as Jr. Heavyweight Champion, it was meant to be for Ospreay. Despite losing the title only a few months back, he’s still the right man to lead the Jr. Heavyweight division. Not only the best wrestler, but the most exciting, charismatic, and skilled in the division.
When all is settled and the dust cleared, we could be calling Ospreay one of the greats. He’s now a two-time Jr. Heavyweight Champion and there are going to be a lot more titles in his future.